Kitchen Reveal Oak Kitchen Makeover – DIY an outdated kitchen for a completely new and affordable look!

Kitchen Reveal Oak Kitchen Makeover - DIY an outdated kitchen for a completely new and affordable look!

 

I can’t believe it! The day is finally here. It’s time for my bright shiny KITCHEN REVEAL!!. Isn’t it pretty! All fresh and white without an oak cabinet anywhere to be seen!

DIY an outdated kitchen for a completely new and affordable look!

 

 

It is so amazing how paint can transform almost anything! The 90’s kitchen cabinets were  in great shape but the oak finish was screaming “help me”! Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White paint to the rescue. Each cabinet got two coats of Stix Bonding Primer and two coats of Cloud White paint, with sanding between each coat.

DIY an outdated kitchen for a completely new and affordable look!

 

Parts of the existing kitchen I liked and would work with the new painted cabinets. So the granite countertops, chrome bin pulls and handles were kept for the update. The tumbled marble backsplash was in good shape and it was painted a high-gloss white rather than be replaced. The white wood counter stools were switched out for metal stools stored in the basement. All they needed were the seat cushions recovered. See how HERE.  To make it fit, I reconfigured an existing bookcase to fit the new microwave.DIY an outdated kitchen for a completely new and affordable look!

 

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This is  the kitchen  before the cabinets were painted. We gave it a minor face lift two years ago by painting the wall and updating the hardware to chrome. White open shelves were  installed and the black counter stools were painted white. The oak remained hideous, but Matthew loved it so we kept the cabinets “as is” for 7 long years.  I brought in as many white elements as I could fit in the kitchen to brighten it. No matter, the kitchen still felt dark and dreary.

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This is what the kitchen looked like soon after we moved into the house. The kitchen was an ugly yellow color that when combined with the oak made it feel like we were living inside a paper bag. It stayed pretty much like this for 5 years, until the first make-over.

 

 

DIY an outdated kitchen for a completely new and affordable look!

One of the main changes was to take the giant microwave. It hung so low that large pots did not fit under it on the stove. A new stainless steel range hood replaced the microwave. We did not plan to replacie the range but it fizzled and died when it was being moved, so we had to buy a new stove. We opted for one that is sleek and modern looking, without a “back” on it. It is also a slide in model, so no more drips falling down in the cracks.

Kitchen Reveal Oak Kitchen Makeover - DIY an outdated kitchen for a completely new and affordable look!

 

Like most people, the cost of the update was a major consideration in planning our project. I carefully kept track of all the costs of this project and cannot believe that that it was a whopping $115.17.  The estimate from a painting contractor for the cabinets alone was $3000.00!  Here is how the costs added up, not including the new stove.

$ 42.00     Benjamin Moore Cloud White Paint, Gallon
38.00     Stix Bonding Primer, Gallon
14.00     Purdy Polyester/Nylon Paint Brush
3.98     100-Grit Sandpaper block
3.98     240-Grit Sandpaper block
13.21    Charcoal Filter for no-vent range hood installation
Sears Kenmore Stainless Steel Range Hood (retail is $199.99 –  free for points earned buying a new stove on Sears Mastercard)
Magic Chef Microwave (retail $129.99 –  ours was free using Home Depot Gift Cards, purchased with points from using American Express Credit Card)
Window treatments and matching seat covers made from re-cycled curtain panels already owned
Paint trays, primer brush, drop cloths, painters tape – already owned
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$ 115.17     TOTAL

 

I am thrilled with this project! It is worth every cent and every bit of effort that went into it. We love that the  feeling of the kitchen is so different now!  See how we did it below.

How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets the right way for a lasting, beautiful finish!

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2 thoughts on “Kitchen Reveal Oak Kitchen Makeover

  • October 31, 2016 at 12:34 pm
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    this looks great, i hope you are enjoying it. have you thought about painting the wood trim? above the cabinets, particularly, but i suppose if you did that, you’d have to do that to the whole house. we have dark cabinets in the kitchen, and they are really good quality, so we just had to work around them and choose other ways to brighten the space. it’s worked! enjoy your space!
    b

    • October 31, 2016 at 8:44 pm
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      Hi There, thanks for the compliments! Yes, I am in the process of painting all..and I do mean ALL of the dark wood trim in the house! Ugh! After 7 years, I just could not take the the darkness in the kitchen anymore, not just because of the cabinets, but there is a lack of sunlight also. I am glad you were able to find a solution for your kitchen!! Thanks for stopping by – Hugs- Christine

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